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  • kmw1954's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    Yes, tight chamber, very tight. Slightly oversize or even just a smite out-of-round and they will not chamber. All empty sized cases will pass the plunk test. With a cast bullet sized to .452" it will not pass the plunk test in any brand of brass...
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    08-07-2020, 11:26 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    Yes regardless of the wall thickness the cases should be the same size and are until the bullet is seated! The oversize bullet is not swaging down when seated and is ever so slightly expanding the case around the bullet. I do not have a...
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    08-07-2020, 10:45 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    Tazman you are absolutely correct. This gun will run all fresh factory loaded ammunition with jacketed bullets. It's when they get just the slightest bit oversized or out of round that I have trouble. So once again my solution to the problem was to...
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    08-07-2020, 09:18 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    Ed there is no issue with the crimp.
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    08-07-2020, 09:15 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    Tazman I do believe you were also involved in the original conversation with this gun when I first started loading for it. Through much trial and error I have found what will work in this gun W/O having to send it out for a perceived "Repair". I...
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    08-07-2020, 08:24 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    You may but I won't. Been through that discussion way too many times. But thanks for the suggestion. Where did the Lee FCD comment come from? I have my own reason for sorting brass and have expend it before so there is no reason to do it...
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    08-07-2020, 05:58 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    It is actually. Nice and cool in the reloading room. was going to start reloading more of the 200gr RNFP I just cast and then found I only have 30 prepped R*P cases left. Yet I have about 1k Winchester and 1k Fed all clean sorted and ready to load....
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    08-07-2020, 05:12 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    They do chamber just fine while empty. Seat a .452" diameter cast bullet and they will not seat while the R*P Cases have no issues with the .452" boolit.
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    08-07-2020, 04:26 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    The issue is not dirty cases. The issue is that the R*P case has the thinnest walls. Winchester nor Federal will chamber or pluck test in my Witness. Just today I did try a few Winchester cases and not one would plunk in the Witness barrel....
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    08-07-2020, 01:16 PM
    kmw1954 started a thread Brass and cast. in Cast Boolits
    Simple reality. Been loading 2 different 45acp cast bullets for a while now and have been using exclusively R*P brass on these loading. Well after all this time I finally used up all the hundreds of cleaned R*P brass I had. I just had to try a...
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    08-06-2020, 08:03 PM
    That is what was left of a 50# batch of range scrap after skimming all the jackets, fluxing and pouring about 40# of ingots. I have a picture of that pot with 50# of raw range scrap in it but haven't resized it to fit this forum yet.
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  • kmw1954's Avatar
    08-06-2020, 07:48 PM
    Just cast up about 200 225gr RN 45acp and about 250 200gr RNFP 45acp.
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    08-06-2020, 07:37 PM
    I load with the use of three different Lee Auto Disk measures, one is a Pro, one is a old model converted with the kit and the 3rd is an old model with the rectangle hopper that I use a Micro adjustable disk in. With this I load Hodgdon HP-38,...
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    08-03-2020, 10:45 PM
    Well I just watched a couple youtube vid on bedding. most interesting indeed!
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    08-03-2020, 06:29 PM
    Yes the one I'm looking at is also a 325-A that is in very nice shape even for it's age. Again hoping it will shoot 100 to 200yds. if I can find the right bullet. I do see that Ramshot has some data with the Lyman 31141 bullet. Will look up those...
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    08-03-2020, 02:42 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread New burner? in Casting Equipment
    44magLeo, I truly believe you are going to be impressed with that burner. It's the same one that is on my new one and it cranks. With my 9.5" cut off pot I can't even turn it all the way up or the flame will overwhelm the pot and I'd just be wasting...
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    08-03-2020, 11:11 AM
    Hope this is the correct forum for this. I have been looking at buying an old Savage 30-30 Winchester Bolt Rifle, just because it looks interesting. Thoughts are to shoot this 100/200yds. Is there a cast boolit suitable to do this? Where would I...
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    08-02-2020, 07:20 PM
    I tried a bunch of those that were powder coated that another member sent to me to try. They shot well with AA#2 but I found the Lee 345-102-R1 shot much better in both my Witness Pavona and the S&W 380EZ.
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    07-31-2020, 07:39 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread Smelting? Not likely. in Cast Boolits
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/render This is the term and definition I use. I render from one form to another form by melting.
    46 replies | 1018 view(s)
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    07-30-2020, 11:57 PM
    Didn't load anything but I did cast about 150/200pcs of Lee 452-200 RNFP, tomorrow I need to cast some Lyman 452 225gr RN the slow way with just a single cavity mold.
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    07-28-2020, 09:26 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    Looks like you did yourself proud! Good job.
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    07-26-2020, 08:25 PM
    Burner ran for just over an hour, maybe 1:20 at most and no icing or pressure loss. I don't think I will be getting to a 100# batch anytime soon. Right now I have about 150# of range scrap and that is about as much as I can physically handle...
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    07-26-2020, 06:18 PM
    As you can see in the photo my patio is concrete squares, I was able to find a spot where all four feet were making contact and even with me, 200+lbs. standing on it, it did not wobble one bit. With 40lbs. of lead in that 9.5" diameter pot I had to...
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    07-26-2020, 05:29 PM
    1. Fryer all together with the tank on top. 2. pot melted and skimmed. 3. makeshift work bench with tool of destruction. Now I'm going to have to learn how to control the temps and how low I can go before the melt starts to freeze up again....
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    07-26-2020, 03:27 PM
    Thought I would start anew as New Burner pretty much ran it's course and my questions were answered by you all. The Burner/Fryer I finally chose was this one;...
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    07-26-2020, 02:29 PM
    There are a few things that mdi and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum and we are fine with that. This is one area that mdi and I are in complete agreement. Simple is best and easiest way to learn. Also agree that the only way to really learn is...
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    07-26-2020, 09:26 AM
    Welcome to the group first of all. Those weights you are seeing are a very good indication that what you have is pretty near pure lead and as mentioned adding tin will lighten it up. Quenching them will have no effect.
    26 replies | 914 view(s)
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    07-25-2020, 07:00 PM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread New burner? in Casting Equipment
    Great day for me! My Amazon order arrived a day early and this morning bright and early I was able to get to the range before they opened and work the berm for about 1.5hrs. Haven't weighed it yet but I'm guessing I got 150+ lbs. and that was again...
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    07-24-2020, 07:33 PM
    I know that with the Red base Value Turret press the press will be replaced with the new model. As for the Pro1000 press I do not know because it too has been replaced. I have no idea as to how much of the whole setup would need to be sent for...
    41 replies | 2579 view(s)
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    07-24-2020, 07:47 AM
    kmw1954 replied to a thread New burner? in Casting Equipment
    Yeup, already have plans for a pipe reinforcement and only using them at the 15" level. From some reviews I've been reading this burner has also been being used by beer brewers with huge pots of water boiling.
    60 replies | 1704 view(s)
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
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